(Last Updated On: June 3, 2018)

Flash and Reverse Flash.

Both with superpowers of speed, yet Flash is a hero while Reverse Flash is a villain.

Just the same we have Probiotics and bad bacteria.

Both bacteria, yet Probiotics help you remain healthy while bad bacteria harm you.

Don’t know which one to go for? Fear not.

I’ve been out there, reviewing the hottest selling probiotics. And shortlisted 5 as the best probiotics for women.

I didn’t stop there. I’ve broken it all up – the facts and figures like CFU Count, bacterial strains – and laid them down clearly for you.

So you know what is what and can choose for yourself which is the best probiotic product for women.

At A Glance: My Choices For The Best Probiotics For Women

Garden of Life Probiotics Supplement for Women comes with a large number of important strains of bacteria.

Optimum Probiotics: Deep Immune System Support includes ‘spore-forming’ strains which are highly beneficial.

BioSchwartz Probiotic 40 Billion CFU should help you lose weight fairly quickly.

Renew Life – Ultimate Flora Probiotic Women’s Care is good at toning up your immune system and energizing you.

60 Day Supply  Earths Pearl Probiotic & Prebiotic is very powerful at cleaning infections as varied as athlete’s foot and psoriasis.

Changelog of Last 3 Updates
  • May 17, 2018 – Added section – Which probiotics are best for constipation and bloating
  • May 11, 2018 – Added section – Added  snippet on probiotic CFU requirements.
  • ….
  • Dec 6, 2017 – Article written covering the 5 best probiotics for women. Garden of Life Probiotic Supplement stood the clear winner.

The Best Probiotic 50 Billion

01. Garden of Life Probiotics Supplement for Women Review

If you are suffering from any bowel-related problems, this should be a first stop for you.

What makes this one of the best garden of life probiotics?

It can

  • soothe in your bowel.
  • relieve yeast infection.
  • tackle Crohn’s disease.

Your constipation issues should be significantly reduced, making it a good OTC (over the counter) probiotic for constipation.

Other typical problems it helps with are hormone and menstruation issues.

It may be useful to counter skin aging and skin disorders like acne or dermatitis.

It is easy to consume. There is no strong flavour or odor that may upset you.

There are no significant side effects and overall it’s an effective probiotic.

The key ingredients are charted below.

CFU Count = 50 Billion CFU

Lactobacillus acidophilus• Useful against Bacterial Vaginosis, UTI’s**, Lung infections, Diarrhea, IBS*, Eczema, Crohn’s Disease
Lactobacillus plantarum• Releases antimicrobial peptides which have numerous uses
Lactobacillus casei• Useful against Colic, Constipation, Crohn’s Disease, IBS*, Lactose Intolerance, Acne, Dermatitis
Lactobacillus paracasei• Boosts immunity,
• Reduces inflammation, allergies
• Improves dental health, liver function
• Useful against Dermatitis
Lactobacillus bulgaricus• Produces bacteriocins which kill undesirable bacteria
• Reduces pH in the small intestine so bacteria cannot grow
Lactobacillus brevis• Improves immune function
• Useful against vaginal infections and diseases
Lactobacillus reuteri• Anti-inflammatory
• Increases Vitamin D3 level in your body
• Lowers cholesterol
• Fights Vaginal Yeast Infection
Lactobacillus salivarius• Fights IBS*, Pancreatic Necrosis
• Improves Liver Function
• May be useful against Obesity and Diabetes
Lactobacillus fermentum• Lowers cholesterol, fights IBD***
• Antioxidant
• Boosts immunity
• May resist liver damage
Lactobacillus gasseri• Fights Obesity, Diabetes, Ulcers, several allergies
• Reduces menstrual pain
• Prevents some allergies
Lactobacillus rhamnosus• Fights Obesity, Ulcers, IBS*
• Boosts immunity
• Anti-inflammatory
• Prevents skin problems like Eczema
• May fight pollutants and depression
Bifidobacterium lactis• Boosts immunity factors in breast milk
• Fights Obesity, Diabetes, IBS*
• Anti-inflammatory
Bifidobacterium infantis• Relieves symptoms of IBS*
• Anti-inflammatory
• Fights psoriasis, Ulcerative Colitis and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Bifidobacterium bifidum• Antioxidant
• Fights stress, IBS*, Diabetes, Lupus
• Lowers Cholesterol
• Boosts immunity
Bifidobacterium breve• Fights Obesity, Celiac Disease
• May fight Asthma
Bifidobacterium longum• Boosts immunity, cognitive function
• Anti-inflammatory
• Fights allergies, Celiac Disease, IBS*
• Reduces Cholesterol, Anxiety
• Maintains Liver health
* IBS = Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

** UTI’s = Urinary Tract Infections.

*** IBD = Inflammatory Bowel Disorder.

Prebiotic Blend – Organic Potato Starch, Organic Acacia Fiber.

Directions

  • Adults should consume 1 capsule daily. Wash down with water.
  • You can open the capsule and consume the chemical directly with water or a raw juice.

What I Liked

High CFU (50 Billion).

Diverse bacterial strains.

You can consume the powder directly.

Tasteless and odourless.

Anti-inflammatory.

Effective at relieving infections like yeast infection (common among women).

Boosts immunity.

Relieves various bowel problems.

What I Didn’t Like

No enteric coating.

May not be labeled GMO-verified (The company says they are going through the verification process).

You may experience an initial breakout (of acne, technically called a purge). If it doesn’t stop within a month discontinue use.

The Best Probiotic Brand For Women

02. Optimum Probiotics: Deep Immune System Support Review

Two of the bacteria strains in this probiotic – Bacillus coagulans and Bacillus subtilis (DE111) – are spore-forming strains which makes them more beneficial.

Furthermore, this probiotic uses a proprietary prebiotic blend that sustains only beneficial bacteria (unlike normal prebiotic fibers that sustain all bacteria).

Pregnant women should consider taking this because it (via Bifidobacterium lactis) may boost immunity factors in breast milk.

However, consult your physician before taking it if you’re pregnant.

It works really well on Irritable Bowel Syndrome. If you take the recommended dosage of two a day it may relieve problems like bloating and constipation within days.

The key ingredients are listed below.

CFU Count = 4.4 Billion CFU

Bacillus subtilis• Antioxidant
• Fights Obesity, Constipation, Diarrhea, IBD*
• May help with IBS**, Liver diseases
• Boosts immunity
Bacillus coagulans• Improves Lipid profile in pregnant women
• Fights Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis,
• Boosts immunity, Urogenital infections
• Beneficial for the Gastro-Intestinal Tract
Bacillus acidophilus• Useful against Bacterial Vaginosis, UTI’s***, Lung infections, Diarrhea, IBS**, Eczema, Crohn’s Disease
Bacillus lactis• Boosts immunity factors in breast milk
• Fights Obesity, Diabetes, IBS**
• Anti-inflammatory
* IBD = Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome.

** IBS = Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

*** UTI’s = Urinary Tract Infections.

PreforPro (Proprietary Prebiotic Blend)LH01 - Myoviridae• Helps Probiotic bacteria to grow.
• May also directly kill harmful bacteria.
LL5 - Siphoviridae
T4D - Myoviridae
LL12 - Myoviridae
Additional Prebiotic Blend – Vegetable cellulose (DRcaps), maltodextrin and medium chain triglycerides. If you don’t know what prebiotics are, don’t worry. I’ve explained later.

The bacteriophages can destroy unwanted bacteria in your gut.

Directions

  • 2 capsules daily with meals. You may take them together or separately.

What I Liked

 Fairly high CFU Count (4.4 billion).

 Easy to consume (no bad taste, small capsules).

 You may even notice your food starting to taste better.

 Will definitely help with problems like bloating, gas and heart burn.

 Helps deal with obesity.

 May help your skin clear up and resist aging.

Helps with Rheumatoid Arthritis (which affects more women than men).

What I Didn’t Like

Not labelled ‘gluten free’.

You may feel some discomfort, especially abdominal discomfort when you first use it. It should go away with regular use.

The Best Price Probiotics

03. BioSchwartz Probiotic 40 Billion Review

This will help you clear away bloating, constipation etc (symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome). And that too fairly quickly, within days.

It should help you shed those pesky pounds. You should start getting lower readings on the scale within a month.

You should start feeling more energetic and able to overcome stress and lethargy as your immune system improves.

It may help you reverse any damage from strong antibiotics. That is, if your physician-prescribed antibiotics kill off a lot of the good bacteria you can take this to reverse that.

Considering all the factors like CFU Count, diversity of strains, overall utility and so on, this is an extremely affordable probiotic for women.

However consult your doctor before taking it.

Following are the key ingredients.

CFU Count = 40 Billion CFU (20 Billion CFU ‘potency’ Guaranteed till expiration)

Lactobacillus acidophilus• Useful against Bacterial Vaginosis, UTI’s*, Lung infections, Diarrhea, IBS**, Eczema, Crohn’s Disease
Lactobacillus paracasei• Boosts immunity,
• Reduces inflammation, allergies
• Improves dental health, liver function
• Useful against Dermatitis
Bifidobacterium lactis• Boosts immunity factors in breast milk
• Fights Obesity, Diabetes, IBS**
• Anti-inflammatory
Lactobacillus plantarum• Releases antimicrobial peptides which have numerous uses
* UTI’s = Urinary Tract Infections.

** IBS = Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Prebiotic Blend – FOS (Fructose Oligo-Saccharides), Cellulose (Vegetable Capsule), Rice Maltodextrin, L-Leucine, and Polysaccharides Complex.

Directions

  • Take 2 capsules daily, one in the morning and one in the evening.
  • Does not require refrigeration but store in a cool dark place (78 deg F is a good reference temperature).

What I Liked

 High CFU Count (40 billion).

 Free of gluten, soy, dairy and GMO’s.

 Easy to consume (small tasteless pill).

 Alleviates symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

 Helps you lose weight.

 Makes you more energetic by improving your immune system.

 May reverse damage to good bacteria by strong antibiotics.

What I Didn’t Like

 FOS may help harmful bacteria (like E. Coli) to grow and also have unpleasant effects like flatulence and diarrhea.

The ‘guaranteed potency’ is only 50% of the labelled CFU.

The Best Probiotic for BV (Bacterial Vaginosis)

04. Renew Life – Ultimate Flora Probiotic Women’s Care Review

This 25 billion CFU probiotic will definitely help rid you of yeast infections.

However the yeast will return if you stop taking it.

What makes this one of the best female probiotics as well as one of the best flora probiotics?

It should clear away any vaginal infections you may be facing, soothe irritation and absolutely clear away any (hopefully you don’t have any) odor.

As far as bloating, abdominal pain or gas accumulation is concerned, this probiotic is a sure bet. All such problems should vanish within days.

It should also stop constipation.

It will tone up your immune system meaning you will succumb to chills etc less, recover quicker and in general feel more energetic.

The main ingredients follow.

CFU Count = 25 Billion CFU

Lactobacillus acidophilus• Useful against Bacterial Vaginosis, UTI’s*, Lung infections, Diarrhea, IBS**, Eczema, Crohn’s Disease
Lactobacillus rhamnosus• Fights Obesity, Ulcers, IBS**
• Boosts immunity
• Anti-inflammatory
• Prevents skin problems like Eczema
• May fight pollutants and depression
Lactobacillus plantarum• Releases antimicrobial peptides which have numerous uses
Lactobacillus gasseri• Fights Obesity, Diabetes, Ulcers, several allergies
• Reduces menstrual pain
• Prevents some allergies
Lactobacillus casei• Useful against Colic, Constipation, Crohn’s Disease, IBS**, Lactose Intolerance, Acne, Dermatitis
Lactobacillus paracasei• Boosts immunity,
• Reduces inflammation, allergies
• Improves dental health, liver function
• Useful against Dermatitis
Lactobacillus salivarius• Fights IBS**, Pancreatic Necrosis
• Improves Liver Function
• May be useful against Obesity and Diabetes
Lactobacillus brevis• Improves immune function
• Useful against vaginal infections and diseases
Bifidobacterium lactis• Boosts immunity factors in breast milk
• Fights Obesity, Diabetes, IBS**
• Anti-inflammatory
Bifidobacterium longum• Boosts immunity, cognitive function
• Anti-inflammatory
• Fights allergies, Celiac Disease, IBS**
• Reduces Cholesterol, Anxiety
• Maintains Liver health
* UTI’s = Urinary Tract Infections.

** IBS = Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Prebiotic Blend – Vegetable capsule and cellulose.

Directions

  • You need to store it in a cool and dark place (77 deg F is a good temperature for it).
  • Consume one capsule daily.

What I Liked

High CFU Count (25 billion).

Small and tasteless capsules. Easy to consume.

Should clear symbols of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (bloating, gas, abdominal pain) within days.

Will stop constipation.

Stregnthens immune system.

Makes you more energetic overall.

Clears vaginal infections.

What I Didn’t Like

You may need to refrigerate it.

Yeast infection recurs if you stop taking it.

The Best Probiotic For Immune Support

05. 60 Day Supply Earth’s Pearl Probiotic and Prebiotic Review

It is one of the best probiotics for improving immune system and response. You won’t suffer as much from colds and sinus infections etc.

On the whole you should be able to overcome lethargy and feel energetic and refreshed.

It will spirit away constipation, cramping, bloating and heartburn within days. Even very sensitive users should feel the benefits.

You should be able to enjoy your food better because this probiotic deals with digestion problems quite well.

It is quite powerful at dealing with infections. You may start seeing results even in such diverse problems like athlete’s foot and psoriasis. Yeast clear up should be a given.

The main ingredients are listed below.

CFU Count = 4 Billion CFU

Lactobacillus acidophilus• Useful against Bacterial Vaginosis, UTI’s*, Lung infections, Diarrhea, IBS**, Eczema, Crohn’s Disease
Lactobacillus plantarum• Releases antimicrobial peptides which have numerous uses
Lactobacillus reuteri• Anti-inflammatory
• Increases Vitamin D3 level in your body
• Lowers cholesterol
• Fights Vaginal Yeast Infection
Bifidobacterium infantis• Relieves symptoms of IBS**
• Anti-inflammatory
• Fights psoriasis, Ulcerative Colitis and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
*UTI’s = Urinary Tract Infections.

**IBS = Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Prebiotic Blend – FOS (Fructo-OligoSaccharides) 25 mg.

Directions

  • No need to refrigerate it if your home temperature is below 70 degrees.
  • Take one pearl daily at any convenient time.

What I Liked

 Fairly high CFU Count (4 billion).

 Free of lactose, gluten and soy.

 If you want a FOS product, the company may be able to provide you with it.

It can withstand heat (room temperature above 70/mailbox) for a short period of time, say a day or two.

Works well to improve the immune system and alleviate Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Very powerful at dealing with infections.

What I Didn’t Like

 You should refrigerate them if your room temp is above 70.

What should you look for in selecting a women’s probiotic?

What is the basic issue with any product?

You don’t want too little of the key ingredient – in this case the probiotic bacteria.

And you don’t want it to degrade.

So, this is the checklist

CFU Count CFU stands for ‘Colony Forming Unit’. It’s a measure of how many bacteria there are in the supplement.

Potency This is a guarantee that your product will maintain its strength (in terms of CFU) till its expiry date. That is, a 50 CFU Probiotic won’t reduce to 40 CFU after a few months.

Shelf Stability This one is related to potency. It means that potency will be maintained if you keep the product on a shelf, that is, if you don’t refrigerate it. However if you want, you can always refrigerate it, there’s no harm.

Diversity of Strains You should look for a variety of strains to get the most out of your chosen probiotic.

The most useful groups of Probiotics have names starting with Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium.

However, many brands advertise multiple strains to look good to the average consumer. Many of those will degrade on exposure to your body acids and bile and won’t reach your gut which is where the magic happens. So, be warned that a huge number of strains is no guarantee of efficacy.

Clearly labelled additives You should look for the additives, whether they’re labelled clearly. Many possible additives irritate users. In particular I’d recommend you use Probiotics that are non-GMO, gluten-free, dairy-free and soy-free.

 

What are Prebiotics?

Though they sound the same as ‘Probiotics’, they are anything but probiotics.

They aren’t even bacteria.

Prebiotics are natural fiber compounds that help sustain probiotics in our bodies.

We consume them orally but our digestive system can’t absorb them/break them down.

So, they pass through to the colon where they are converted into nutrients vital for probiotics to sustain.

For those who’re into biology, many prebiotics are ‘oligosaccharides’.

 

Is there a test to know if I am allergic to it before I start full-time consumption?

In makeup you do a ‘patch test’ to see if you are allergic to a particular product.

Similarly here you can also test for allergy.

Simply open/break open the capsule/pearl etc.

Take half or a quarter of the chemical in a glass of water, milk or fruit juice (best would be orange juice) and drink it. Do NOT drink it with tea, coffee or any caffeinated beverage.

If you face any serious problems discontinue using the probiotic.

 

What’s the milk test?

This is a popular DIY test for probiotic potency.

Take cold milk in a glass and add 4 capsules/caplets or 2 tbsp (for liquid) probiotic to it.

Leave the milk undisturbed at room temperature for 48 hours.

If the milk curdles or clumps the bacterial strains in the probiotic are active; otherwise they aren’t.

The test features on many websites but I should warn you it’s not 100% reliable.

 

Is there any CFU requirement for probiotics? What kind of CFU count should one look for in a probiotic?

CFU refers to viable bacteria so basically you’re asking how many probiotic bacteria should one have to get results.

I’ve researched this only to find the science isn’t quite decided yet. So I’ll just give you an approximate idea of the figures various studies have thrown up.

Remember, we’re talking of CFU Count per day, not per consumption.

The absolute minimum below which you may not experience any effect is 1 billion CFU’s per day.

Anywhere above 5 billion CFU’s per day should give you good results.

As for the upper limit, studies yield figures between 20 billion and 50 billion, once again, per day.

Anything above that may be redundant.

It also depends on which issue you’re hoping probiotics will help with.

 

Which is the best probiotic for constipation and bloating?

Researchers at King’s College London studied existing trials, reviews and studies (a ‘meta-analysis’ in technical terms) to determine the best probiotic for constipation.

They concluded that Bifidobacterium lactis yielded the best results against constipation.

However they did point out several lacunae in the interpretation of the data.

An article on Harvard Health agrees, saying that more studies are needed to conclude which probiotic is really the best for constipation.

An article in Nature says that Lactobacillus plantarum does pretty well to reduce bloating but once again says further studies are needed.

Don’t let that get you down.

If you read the article in Harvard Health you will see it says that probiotics don’t yield serious side effects and experimenting on your own is a safe bet.

So, don’t worry, be happy and find out which probiotic meets your needs the best!

OK.

By now you know enough to make your own choice of women’s probiotic but I feel there’s a sure winner you should check out.

Garden of Life Probiotics Supplement for Women

One big factor is its relatively low cost.

Cost is a big consideration because your insurance company may not want to cover the cost of probiotics, even if it’s prescribed by a physician.

There are no practical issues like storage or consumption.

You can store it on the shelf and the desiccant-lined bottle should take care of the rest. However you may refrigerate it if you want.

The small and tasteless capsules are washed down with water easily enough. And you can take one daily, making this a good daily probiotic for women.

As regards to utilities, it provides what I would call ‘broad spectrum coverage’, that is, diverse benefits.

  • It will beef up your immune system, clear up your skin, hormone and menstruation problems, bowel disorders and so on.
  • It should also clear away any vaginal infections and problems.

Overall a great product, especially if you’re just starting on probiotics.

 

Caveat
ON NO ACCOUNT SHOULD YOU SWITCH YOUR PRESCRIBED MEDICATION WITH PROBIOTICS.
Probiotics are complementary to medicines.
What does that mean?
You may take probiotics just for general improvement of your health or to try to alleviate some specific problem (like constipation).
But you can’t substitute your prescribed medication with probiotics (for example you shouldn’t stop taking your prescribed Imodium for diarrhea and switch to probiotics).
If you ask the probiotic companies questions about your health even they will ask you to consult your physician.

If you feel there’s a women’s probiotic out there which is better than the ones I’ve selected, please do tell me in a comment! The specially good suggestions will get a shout-out on Facebook and Twitter and may even be included in this list with attribution.

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